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Call for Papers: XIME-P 2008

X I M E - P   2 0 0 8
    5th International Workshop on
XQuery Implementation, Experience and Perspectives

June 13, 2008
                     co-located with ACM SIGMOD

* Workshop Focus and Theme

XIME-P 2008 invites original research contributions as well as reports
on industrial efforts on the implementation, utilization, and overall
prospects of XQuery.  Like the earlier editions of the XIME-P workshop series, 
XIME-P 2008 will be held just after ACM SIGMOD/PODS conference 
(http://www.sigmod08.org/), in Vancouver, Canada.

One year ago, the family of XQuery specifications achieved W3C Recommendation 
status, and several industrial-strength XQuery implementations have become 
available since then. In particular, all major DBMS vendors have extended their 
RDBMS products with XML features and with varying degrees of XQuery support. 
In addition, there are companies who are using XQuery for content management, 
web services, etc. A comprehensive list of XQuery implementations can be found at
http://www.w3.org/XML/Query/. With this strong interest in XQuery, the 
standardization effort for the next version of XQuery is under way, with a 
focus on more powerful features, such as updates, full-text and scripting 

One of the fascinating aspects of XQuery is that work on the language 
specification and its implementation is happening on the verge of database 
systems, information retrieval, document processing, and programming languages. 
For example, XQuery full-text extensions aim at striking a balance between the 
worlds of structured and unstructured data. XQuery has attracted users from a 
wide variety of application domains, and its use is not limited to traditional 
DB server architectures. Computer science research and industry have found quite 
a number of promising -- and sometimes completely disjoint -- avenues to approach
the challenges resulting from these different XQuery usage scenarios. This 
''heterogeneity'' in contributions and attendees has been a source of lively 
discussions, panels, and an interesting technical program for previous XIME-P

The XIME-P 2008 program will feature talks and panels on research as well as 
demonstrations and industrial efforts on the implementation and utilization of 

* XIME-P 2008 Topics of Interest 

Topics of interest include the following (though interesting and/or innovative 
papers on all aspects of XQuery are welcome): 

* XQuery variants and extensions 
  - Coherent XQuery subsets
  - Embedded XQuery
  - Distributed XQuery
  - Scripting /programming with XQuery
  - XQuery full-text extensions 
* XQuery applications and architectures
  - The role of XQuery in Web 2.0
  - XQuery and computing in the sciences
  - XQuery for information retrieval
* Optimization of XQuery for demanding applications
  - Compilation vs. interpretation
  - Cost-based optimization strategies
  - Schema-awareness in storage and processing
* XQuery lessons learned
  - Performance evaluation
  - XQuery debugging
  - Teaching XQuery

-- Keynote Speech

Jim Melton (Oracle, XQuery W3C Working Group Chair) will deliver the XIME-P 
2008 workshop’s keynote address. 

-- Paper Submission

XIME-P 2008 calls for original contributions relevant to the open list of 
topics sketched above.  We explicitly welcome ''war stories'', and reports on 
innovative, off-beat, and ''early stage'' approaches to the implementation and 
application of XQuery as long as the submission meets the high quality standards 
of the XIME-P workshop series. 

+ Papers should be formatted according to the ACM guidelines and      
SIG proceedings templates available at


+ Papers should not exceed 6 pages in length (including references and appendices). 

+ Papers should be submitted in PDF.

+ More details on the submission process will be given on the XIME-P 2008 web 
site (http://www.ximep2008.org).

-- Workshop Proceedings Publication

The primary publication medium for XIME-P has been and will be SIGMOD DiSC.  
This mode of publication ensures wide dissemination and high visibility (e.g., 
in the ACM Digital Library and Michael Ley's DBLP index).  Online proceedings will 
be additionally hosted at the workshop web site, http://www.ximep2008.org.

For inclusion in SIGMOD DiSC, we will ask the authors to transfer  their copyrights 

-- Important Dates (Tentative)

  - Paper submission:           Fri, March 28, 2008
  - Notification of acceptance: Fri, May 2, 2008
  - Camera-ready papers due:    Fri, May 16, 2008
  - Workshop:                   Fri, June 13, 2008

-- XIME-P 2008 Workshop Co-Chairs

  - Carl-Christian Kanne                - Fatma Özcan                  

    University of Mannheim            IBM Almaden Research Center
    Mannheim, Germany                     San Jose, CA, USA
    kanne@informatik.uni-mannheim.de      fozcan@almaden.ibm.com

-- Program Committee

Andrey Balmin, IBM Almaden Research Center
Denilson Barbosa, University of Calgary
Giorgio Ghelli, University of Pisa, 
Torsten Grust, Technical University Munich 
Mary Holstege, MarkLogic
Yannis Papakonstantinou, UCSD
Michael Rys, Microsoft
Jayavel Shanmugasundaram, Yahoo Research
John Snelson, Oracle
Jens Teubner , IBM Watson Research Center
Till Westmann, BEA

Please address questions or comments to the workshop chairs directly.

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